Southern Garden History Society regularly publishes events held by nonprofits and organizations that are of interest to our members. These events include symposiums, lectures and tours that provide participants with a greater appreciation of garden history and restoration.

Requests for listings in our events calendar should be sent to Peggy Cornett, Magnolia editor.



April 12-14, 2018

Leading with Landscape IV: Transforming North Carolina’s Research Triangle, which includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC.  The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has curated a summit to draw attention to local and regional work that represents the best planning and design initiatives that strike a balance with natural, historic, cultural, and ecological systems. Speakers include Charles A. Birnbaum (TCLF) and experts from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, City Parks in Raleigh, and Greenway experts. Visit:


April 13-15, 2018

Southern  Garden History Society Annual Meeting
Jacksonville, FL

More information.


April 14-16, 2018

Colonial Williamsburg’s 72nd Annual Garden Symposium:
“Ordinary to Extraordinary, Creating Landscape Designs that Reflect Beauty and Awe”

Learn how to create harmonious gardens that sing with creativity, as well as those that reflect personal expression and reverence for design fundamentals. Guest speakers will discuss how to integrate existing elements, effectively combine plants and hardscape materials, and create features of distinctive landscape styles. More information will be available at email:; (800) 603-0948.


April 21-28, 2018

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

More than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks take part in the celebration of Historic Garden Week, described as “America’s Largest Open House.” This tour, organized by the Garden Club of Virginia since 1927, supports restoration projects statewide.  More information.


April 25, 2018

Cherokee Garden Library Lecture, Book and Exhibition Launch:
Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens
Atlanta, GA

Staci L. Catron, Cherokee Garden Library Director, and Mary Ann Eaddy, historic preservationist, will discuss their new University of Georgia Press book, Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens. More information and tickets.


May 9, 2018

SGHS State Ambassadors Event
for Georgia and Florida members
Thomasville, GA

SGHS will support The Garden Club of Georgia’s annual Historic Landscape Preservation fundraiser by featuring past SGHS President Staci Catron and her co-author Mary Ann Eaddy launching their new book Seeking Eden, A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens, (University of Georgia Press, 2018). The book is an update and expansion to the early twentieth-century publication Garden History of Georgia 1733-1933. For registration information, contact Susan Bennett at (478) 476-8228;


June 17-22, 2018

22nd Annual Historic Landscape Institute:
“Preserving Jefferson’s Gardens and Landscapes.”

This one-week course uses Monticello’s gardens and landscapes and the University of Virginia as outdoor classrooms to study historic landscape preservation. Lectures, workshops, field trips, and practical working experiences provide an introduction to the fields of landscape history, garden restoration, and historical horticulture. More information.


September 21-22, 2018

12th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

Celebrate the revolutionary legacy of Thomas Jefferson workshops, lectures, and tomato tastings and more. Featured speakers include Peter Hatch, Michael Twitty, Ira Wallace, and many more. Visit:


October 19-20, 2018

“The Changing Nature of Gardening
30th Annual Southern Garden Symposium and Workshops
St. Francisville, LA

Featured speakers include celebrated authors Andrea Wulf, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy. More information